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Daniel G. Prior
Miami University (Columbus, OH 43210-1132)

Fellowships for University Teachers
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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2006 – 5/31/2007

Holy War, Tribal War, and Raiding in Kirghiz Culture, 1846-1916

Two rare examples of Kirghiz epic-style praise-poems from 1910 express starkly "revisionist" views on the Kirghiz' most popular epic heroes (Manas and others) and the nomads with whom they had considerable cultural memory in common, the Kazakhs. As part of a larger research agenda for examining conflict among the Kirghiz between 1846 and 1916, the present project seeks to answer the question of when and how oral epic poetry provided a genre framework for Kirghiz elites to express concepts of ethnic and religious difference within the matrix of Central Asian Muslim peoples of the Russian Empire.